No. 8 Tar Heels hold off Hurricanes 88-85 in overtime

Sports 02/09/19, 14:41

Kenny Williams hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:08 left in overtime to help eighth-ranked North Carolina hold off Miami 88-85 on Saturday.Freshman Coby White matched his season high with 33 points for the Tar Heels (19-4, 9-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), who survived a wild finish filled with big shots by ...

Mitchell leads Clemson to 59-51 win over No. 11 Hokies

Sports 02/09/19, 14:33

Shelton Mitchell scored 22 points with a career-best five 3-pointers and Clemson outlasted No. 11 Virginia Tech 59-51 on Saturday for the Tigers' fourth straight victory.The Hokies (18-5, 7-4 ACC) made just one field goal in the final 8:33 in losing consecutive games for the first time this season.The Tigers ...

No. 7 Michigan outlasts No. 19 Wisconsin 61-52

Sports 02/09/19, 14:23

Jon Teske had 17 points and 12 rebounds, holding his own inside against Ethan Happ, and Charles Matthews scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to lift No. 7 Michigan over No. 19 Wisconsin 61-52 on Saturday.The Big Ten-leading Wolverines (22-2, 11-2) avenged one of their only ...

Duke, not Vols, top overall seed in initial NCAA rankings

Basketball 02/09/19, 13:02

Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga are the top seeds in the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee's initial rankings.The Volunteers are No. 1 in the AP Top 25 , but committee chairman Bernard Muir said Saturday the committee chose Duke as the top seed based upon strength of schedule.The Blue Devils, ...

David Williams, 1st SEC black athletic director, dies at 71

Sports 02/08/19, 16:36

David Williams II, the first black athletic director in the Southeastern Conference and an "incomparable leader" at Vanderbilt, died Friday, hours before his retirement party. He was 71.He died at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the university said. The cause was not disclosed. His last day as athletic director was Jan. ...

Tennessee’s Pons to miss Florida game with facial injury

Basketball 02/08/19, 15:32

Tennessee reserve guard/forward Yves Pons will miss the top-ranked Volunteers' game with Florida after suffering a facial injury while colliding with a teammate in practice.School officials said Friday on the Tennessee basketball program's Twitter account that Pons underwent a "corrective procedure" on Friday. Pons was injured Thursday.His status will be ...

Strong 2nd halves have No. 2 Duke surging into UVa matchup

Sports 02/08/19, 13:57

No. 2 Duke is the best second-half team in the country.Good thing, the Blue Devils have been getting off to sluggish starts.That said, no team in Division I outscores its opponents by more in second halves than the Blue Devils. They average 11.6 points more than opponents after halftime. And ...

Auburn riding 3-game winning streak, surging in SEC race

Basketball 02/08/19, 04:05

Here are some things to watch in Southeastern Conference basketball this week:GAME OF THE WEEKAuburn at No. 21 LSU: Auburn's bounced back from a tough stretch to win three games in a row. The Tigers (16-6, 5-4 Southeastern Conference) are also starting to get healthy: 6-foot-11 Austin Wiley played five ...

Suspect in LSU basketball player’s death pleads not guilty

Basketball 02/07/19, 17:12

A 20-year-old Louisiana man accused of fatally shooting LSU basketball player Wayde Sims last fall has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder.Dyteon Simpson, of Baker, is accused of shooting Sims, also 20, in the head when Sims intervened in a fight to defend a friend outside a fraternity ...

No. 1 Tennessee winning big without heralded recruits

Basketball 02/07/19, 16:27

The top-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are winning without any top-100 recruits on their roster.They have blossomed into national contenders, winning 17 straight games — the longest active winning streak of any Division I team."There's some programs around the country that could never get by with recruiting the class that we brought ...

K-State moves into sole possession of first in Big 12

Sports 02/07/19, 12:44

Cartier Diarra had just put a tidy exclamation mark on Kansas State's victory over No. 13 Kansas when he was asked about his decision to throw down a windmill dunk in the closing minutes."My teammates have been telling me, you have a 45-inch vertical. Use it," Diarra said, a grin ...

K-State-Baylor matchup highlights Big 12 action

Sports 02/07/19, 01:59

A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference.GAME OF THE WEEKEND: Kansas State at Baylor. The Wildcats vaulted into first place in the league with a 74-67 win over Kansas in Manhattan on Tuesday night, and a win in Waco would make them a clear favorite to ...

Utah holds on for 77-70 win over USC

Sports 02/07/19, 01:21

Jayce Johnson had 13 points and 13 rebounds, Both Gach added 15 points and Sedrick Barefield scored 13 with five assists to lead Utah to a 77-70 victory over Southern California on Wednesday night.The Utes (12-10, 5-5 Pac-12) led by as many as 23 points in the second half, but ...

No. 14 Villanova tops Creighton in OT for 10-0 Big East mark

Sports 02/07/19, 00:12

After losing four top players to the NBA, this was supposed to be something close to a rebuilding season for Villanova.There's no such thing for coach Jay Wright and the Wildcats.Freshman forward Saddiq Bey scored a career-high 17 points, senior guard Phil Booth hit key baskets down the stretch and ...

Pritchard scores 20, Oregon hands Cal 11th straight loss

Sports 02/06/19, 23:59

Payton Pritchard had 20 points and a career-high 10 rebounds to help Oregon outlast California 73-62 on Wednesday night.Louis King added 12 points and Paul White and Kenny Wooten each had 11 for the Ducks (14-9, 5-5 Pac-12). Freshman Will Richardson had a season-high nine assists.Justice Sueing scored 17 points ...

NCAA selection committee starts work with new ranking system

Basketball 02/06/19, 16:29

The selection committee that chooses the NCAA Tournament field is getting its first use of a new rankings formula that uses factors such as offensive and defensive efficiency when evaluating teams.The committee is holding orientation meetings this week in Indianapolis. The work includes using the NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings ...

Ex-New Mexico athletic head charged with fraud, laundering

Sports 02/06/19, 14:10

Former University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs, who left in 2017 amid questions over spending, was charged Wednesday with fraud, money laundering and other felonies, state prosecutors said.The attorney general's office said in a criminal complaint that Krebs used his position "to pursue his private interest by planning ...

Illinois’ defense spurs 79-74 win over No. 9 Michigan State

Sports 02/06/19, 02:20

Illinois coach Brad Underwood had tears in his eyes after his Illini upset Tom Izzo's ninth-ranked Michigan State Spartans."Michigan State is a great team, and Tom is a great coach," Underwood said. "They're everything I want to be."Ayo Dosunmu scored 24 points, and the Illini used its swarming defense to ...

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